We’ll have to wait a while until AI is able to outdo artists as Sotheby’s first auction of machine-made surrealist portraits sells for an anti-climatic amount. The work, made by Mario Klingemann, an innovator in AI art, sold for £32,000 without the buyer’s fees.
While that might be enough to cure all of your financial woes – in the art world that isn’t the impressive price you might expect for a groundbreaking item. Entitled Memories of Passerby, the face melted image is the first AI piece to sell in Europe. An algorithm-generated portrait in New York previously sold for $432,500 comparatively.
According to ArtNet, Klingemann has dubbed the movement “neurography” where neural networks generate an endless array of imaginary portraits which is then presented on a two-screen installation. After the New York sale it’s gained a lot of hype and as one of the first to pioneer the practice, Klingemann was probably hoping to match. The upper estimate for the work was £40,000 without the buyer’s fee and sold for exactly that price with the fee included.